Lecturers in Nigeria’s Colleges of Education vow to continue month-long strike

Yaba College of Technology

The lecturers said government agreed to meet their demands partially.

Lecturers under the auspices of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) on Monday vowed to continue their ongoing strike until their demands were met.

Olayanju Abolaji, the Chairman, COEASU, Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka Chapter, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the partial implementation of their demands by the government was unacceptable.

The COEASU had on December 31, 2013 declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home its demands, including poor state of infrastructure in the colleges, poor funding and non-implementation of the 2010 Federal Government-COEASU agreement.

The union also rejected the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) already operational in the federal civil service.

Mr. Abolaji said the union held a National Executive Council meeting on January 24 at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, to deliberate on the strike and the way forward.

“The meeting was summoned to brief the executive members on the outcome of their meeting with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Emeka Wogu,” he said.

The union leader said the union was resolute to continue with the strike because the government offered to implement the demands of the union “partially.’’

“The NEC meeting decided that the strike should continue in view of the government’s offer to partially fulfil our demands.

“We do not want a partial fulfilment of our demands, we want full implementation,” he said.

Just like their college contemporaries, lecturers in Nigeria’s polytechnics have also been on strike for over three months for similar demands.

(NAN)


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